Women Only Trains – A Solution To Potential Groping
Like most signs around the world, including your home country, there is always a reasoning for their construction and display for public view. Some of these gems include the Be Nice To Health Workers Sign, the No Corpses Allowed at a Locker, No Durians in Singapore and Cultural Awareness in Thailand!
And sometimes, that reasoning is justified, or often it’s really bizarre!
Women Only Trains – The Reasoning
You might think having a Women Only Train (or carriage to be more precise) is a bit unusual, but there is a good reason for this. The vast majority of Japanese people are awesome, polite individuals, but like in any society, there are going to be a few idiots who spoil things for the rest of us.
As Tokyo is a massive city of over 20 million people, their mass transit systems, whilst working very efficiently, can be quite packed at some times of the day – which means this gives unsavoury groper types the temptation to move their hands to inappropriate body parts when you are jam packed in a train carriage like sardines. In fact, being place in a sardine tin might actually be spacious in comparison!
As an example, the world’s busiest train station at Shinjuku handles 3 to 4 million people per day. That means that a lot of crammed subway carriages at peak hour with lots of bodies pressed up against each other.
Hence, the Women Only Trains at peak times. Strange, but true.